NOTICE: The application period for the residency has now closed!
Chaincode Labs is hosting a Bitcoin residency program in January-February 2018 in our offices in Chelsea, New York City.
There are two sessions, each lasting two weeks:
For developers with high-level knowledge of Bitcoin who want an opportunity to dive deep into security concerns, adversarial thinking, and approaches to Bitcoin protocol design.
We are hosting two residency sessions. Applicants may apply to one or both of the sessions.
Expect both sessions to be very hands-on. We’ll spend about half the time on talks covering various topics, not to mention great conversation over lunch. Primarily, though, you’ll learn by doing - either by carrying out independent research and investigating systems you find interesting in the space, or by contributing to Bitcoin Core or related projects while collaborating with established Bitcoin Core developers. There may also be guest speakers over the 4 weeks.
January 29th - February 9th 2018
Session coordinator: Matt Corallo
This session is appropriate for software developers who have experience with Bitcoin applications and who want an opportunity to dive deep into protocol design, adversarial thinking, threat concerns and security considerations with established Bitcoin Core developers. We will also discuss Bitcoin’s most pressing challenges: scaling, fungibility and privacy. This session is less hands-on and more exploratory in nature. Topics covered:
February 12th - February 23rd 2018
Session coordinator: John Newbery
This session is appropriate for software developers with an interest in Bitcoin technologies and who want to contribute to Bitcoin projects but have not yet done so. This session will includes lots of hands-on development work on Bitcoin Core and Bitcoin protocol development. We will cover aspects such as:
Chaincode is committed to creating an inclusive environment for people from different backgrounds.
The residency program is not a taught course and is not suitable for Bitcoin beginners. We're looking for candidates who:
NOTICE: The deadline for applications is November 17th. Please submit your application before that date if you wish to be considered for the residency.
If you’ve wanted to contribute to Bitcoin Core but found the idea daunting, or want to spend more time designing protocols based on Bitcoin, thinking about edge cases and security models with established Bitcoin developers, this is an excellent opportunity.
Travel and lodging stipends are available to make this opportunity more accessible to a wide range of people.
To apply to the program, please send a general overview of your background and interest in Bitcoin to firstname.lastname@example.org stating which of the two sessions you'd like to apply to (or both). If you have previous work or writing on Bitcoin, please include a link to it in your email.
Not everyone is in a position to dedicate two or four weeks to attending a Residency program, so we're offering a second program for those in the New York area. On Wednesday evenings in the weeks leading up to the Residency we'll open our doors to a small number of participants. We’ll go over some of the material from the Residency program and be on hand to help with your Bitcoin Core PR or related project.
If you’ve wanted to contribute to Bitcoin Core or are working on an open-source Bitcoin project and want some guidance from established Bitcoin Core contributors in an informal setting, this is a great opportunity.
We're looking for participants who:
If this sounds interesting to you, please send us a note at email@example.com explaining your background and what you want to work on.